Category Archives: Frank Robinson Collection

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

2001 Topps Archives ‘THE CHAMPS’ Starring Frank Robinson, Hank Bauer, & Brooks Robinson

Come on now, how sweet is this card???

I LOVE IT!!!

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Picking up this card from the 2001 Topps Archives set, I am immediately takes to the ‘Bird Belters’ card from the 1968 Topps set that stars the Robinsons of Baltimore.

I have that ’68 card in both the original form, and the re-print.  It was on my ‘Want List’ for a very long time and I can honestly say that it is one of my ‘Top 10′ cards in my collection.

Maybe, I will go after the original of this one from the 1967 Topps set next…

Frank Robinson 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘ Timeless Teams’ – 1970 Baltimore Orioles

Frank Robinson 2004 Upper Deck Legends ‘ Timeless Teams’ – 1970 Baltimore Orioles

The 1970 Baltimore Orioles were a fantastic team, winning the grand prize of a World Series trophy at the conclusion of the season.

The team was loaded with stars on offense and elite starting pitching.  The end result was a 108-54 record and 1st place in the American League East.

Among the offensive superstars on the team was Frank Robinson.  During that ’70 campaign, Robinson hit 25 home runs while driving in 78 and scoring 88 times.  He hit .306 and had an on-base percentage of .398.

It is nice to see him honored with this card from the ‘Timeless Teams’ subset, I just wish that Upper Deck selected a better image for the card…

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Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Generations’ w/Andre Dawson & Gary Sheffield

These ‘Generations’ cards are pretty cool.  I have a few of them in my collection, and while shopping for some stuff on Sportlots.com, I grabbed this one for my Frank Robinson player collection.

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Let me tell you that, YES I already own this card in my Andre Dawson player collection.  But, since the card also features legendary player Frank Robinson, I pounced on the opportunity to add it to another PC that I am building.

As a part of the 2o05 Donruss Throwback Threads set, this card features three players from three different eras that played very similarly to one another.  I like the pairing idea, and I especially like to see who the card companies match up on cards like these.

The combination of Robinson, Dawson, and Gary Sheffield is a very solid one.

1965 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Traded To Baltimore

1965 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Traded To Baltimore

In a move that shocked the baseball world, Frank Robinson was traded from the Cincinnati Reds to the Baltimore Orioles during the prime of his career.

Already established as one of the game’s great sluggers, Robinson would go on to make baseball history several times with Baltimore – just like he did with the Reds.

From www.baseballreference.com, the details of the trade are: “Traded by the Reds to the Orioles for Jack Baldschun, Milt Pappas, and Dick Simpson.”

I have to think that the Orioles got the better of that deal, huh??

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Century Stars’

Frank Robinson 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Century Stars’

Yessir, I have hauled in another card for my collection from the 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads ‘Century Stars’ set.

This time around it is the Frank Robinson card that I picked up!

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And just like with the other cards that I have scored from this set, I like the theme and I like the look.   I just wish that Donruss invested a little more creative time into the wording that makes up the background graphics of the card’s design.

Just imagine if the card listed feats from Robinson’s playing days rather than just repeating the same three terms over and over and over…

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Wins National League Rookie Of The Year Honors

1956 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Wins National League Rookie Of The Year Honors

On this day in 1956, Frank Robinson was voted the National League’s Rookie of the Year!!!

Capturing 24/24 votes cast, Robinson was the unanimous choice as the league’s top rookie.

And the numbers certainly back up the award – 166 hits, .290 batting average, 27 doubles, 36 home runs, 83 RBI, 122 runs scored, 8 stolen bases, and an All-Star team selection.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!

Frank Robinson 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ – Cincinnati Reds Version

Frank Robinson 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ – Cincinnati Reds Version

During a recent shopping spree on Sportlots.com, I scored a few new Frank Robinson cards for my collection of cards that honors his amazing major league career.

Among the group of cards that I picked up was this card from the 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’ set.  This is the team-themed card, and just a few teams got this treatment – Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, LA, New York (AL), and the Cincinnati Reds.

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I built the Reds and Cubs sets some time ago, so I already had this card in that set.  But, for just $0.20, I could not resist buying another one.

I just wish that the card featured a color photo of Mr. Robinson instead of the Black & White.  To this day, that is my lone complaint about the set – the random insertion of B&W images…

 

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘Moon Shots’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Gypsy Queen – ‘Moon Shots’

Well, I already purchased this card for my ‘Moon Shots’ set a few months back.  But, when trying to add some affordable modern cards to my Frank Robinson collection, I quickly picked up another one of these cards for the PC.

As you all know, GQ is my favorite current brand of cards so I try to stay on top of all of the releases and make sure my PC’s are loaded with any/all Gypsy Queen cards.

So, another card for the Frank Robinson collection is in the books.  And another Gypsy Queen card as well.

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And for the record, since I was very curious myself, Robinson connected for 324 home runs with the Reds and 179 with the Orioles.

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps – ’60 Years Of Topps’

Frank Robinson 2011 Topps – ’60 Years Of Topps’

The ’60 Years Of Topps’ set that Topps released back in 2011 to commemorate their 60th anniversary.

Each card features a very large ’60′ as the background and then a player from the last 60 years in the forefront.

Here is the Frank Robinson card from the set:

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It looks awesome.  And I love how Topps chose a picture of Robinson while wearing his Grey, Wool Orioles uniform.

This set is getting strong consideration for a future ‘Subset To Collect’.  Very, very strong!

The challenge of piecing together a 150-card set is a daunting one though…

1966 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Becomes First Player To Win MVP In Both Leagues

1966 HEADLINE: Frank Robinson Becomes First Player To Win MVP In Both Leagues

On this day in 1966, Frank Robinson was named as the 1966 AL Most Valuable Player.  And it was really not contest – Robinson was the Triple Crown winner as he led the American League is Batting Average, RBI, and Home Runs.

What made this award even more special is that Robinson became the first player to win the MVP in both leagues with this award in 1966.

You see, just 5 seasons prior, in 1961, he won the award with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League.

A truly dominant player – and one of the best!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Robinson!!!